The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, welcomed the new representatives of the 20-member Board of Directors.
They officially joined the Board on August 1, 2022 and began a four-day induction program on September 1, 2022 to familiarize themselves with the work of the Bank. “I wish to congratulate you, the new members of the Board of Directors, for your election as Executive Directors, who will have the duty, obligation and responsibility to help strengthen the supervisory functions of our institution, guide our operations and support the vision .
and direction of our work,” said Adesina.
The number of women on the Board increased from three to five.
Malika Dhif, who is the new Executive Director for Morocco, Togo and Tunisia, was previously Deputy Director of the Treasury and Foreign Finance of Morocco, in charge of relations with the Arab and Islamic world, America, Asia and international institutions.
For their part, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad are represented by Chantal Modeste Nonault, public accountant, administrative and financial director of the World Bank’s regional office in Mali. Mette Knudsen, a Danish national, represents Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
The United States of America is represented on the Bank’s Board of Directors by Oren Elaine Whyche, a long-time Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
She was previously CEO of the South African company NXN Analytics.
Brahim Bouzeboudjène, a senior official in charge of combating corruption in Algeria and former director of the Algerian Prime Minister’s Office, is the new executive director for Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar.
A former Gabonese Minister of Energy and Secretary General of the Bank of Central African States, Désiré Guedon is now the Executive Director for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Gabon, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
Another economist, Jonathan Nzayikorera of Rwanda, who knows the Bank well after serving as senior adviser to his predecessor, now represents Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The new Board members were appointed following the general election of Executive Directors by the Boards of Governors at the African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Accra, Ghana, in May 2022.
The Bank’s Board of Directors African Development Committee is made up of 20 members.
Thirteen members are elected by the Governors of the regional member countries (54 African countries) and seven by the Governors of the non-regional member countries (27 countries).
The Executive Directors are elected for a period of three years, renewable once.
The members of the Board of Directors are responsible for conducting the general operations of the Bank. They are based at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and meet as often as the Bank’s work requires.
The President of the Bank is the President of the Board of Directors.